Dubai drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Barasti

Since 1995, Barasti has grown from basic beach shack to top beach club spot for lazy days in the sand, and is often jam-packed with shiny happy party people knocking back the brewskis. There's football and rugby on …
Top Choice Club in Downtown Dubai

White Dubai

The Dubai spawn of the Beirut original did not need long to lure local socialites with high-energy rooftop parties under the stars. International spinmeisters shower partygoers with an eclectic sound soup, from hous…
Top Choice Bar in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Lock, Stock & Barrel

Since opening in 2016, LSB has been racking up the accolades as living proof that there's room in bling-blinded Dubai for keeping-it-real party hangouts. Dressed in industrial chic, this two-level joint is the place…
Top Choice Irish Pub in Deira

Irish Village

This always-buzzing pub, with its Irish-main-street facade (complete with post office) and made with materials imported straight from the Emerald Isle, has been a Dubai institution since 1996. There’s Guinness and K…
Top Choice Club in Downtown Dubai

Cirque Le Soir

Is it a nightclub, a circus or a cabaret? One of Dubai's hottest after-dark spots – and London spin-off – is actually a trifecta of all three, a madhouse where you can let your freak out among clowns, stilt-walkers,…
Top Choice Sports Bar in Downtown Dubai

Bridgewater Tavern

This happening joint has ushered the sports bar into a new era. Sure, there are the requisite big screens to catch the action, but it's packaged into an industrial-flavoured space with (mostly) rock on the turntable…
Top Choice Bar in Jumeirah

Bahri Bar

This chic bar drips with sultry Middle Eastern decor and has a veranda laid with Persian rugs and comfy sofas perfect for taking in magical views of the Madinat waterways and the Burj Al Arab. Daily drink deals, ele…
Top Choice Bar in Deira

QDs

Watch the ballet of lighted dhows floating by while sipping cocktails at this always-fun outdoor Creek-side lounge deck where carpets and cushions set an inviting mood. In summer, keep cool in an air-conditioned ten…
Pub in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

Tap House

This gastropub is as popular with the after-work crowd as it is with families on sunny Saturday afternoons. There are a dozen beers on tap, along with bottled European brews, tap-your-own 5L kegs and even beer-based…
Cocktail Bar in Downtown Dubai

Poppy

Enquire with the concierge where Poppy is within the hotel and he (or she) will likely respond in a whisper. It's a venue of US Michelin-starred chef David Myers, and the idea is to keep this place secretive, but th…